How to roll a joint
Step 1: Grind the Cannabis
- Grind up the desired amount of bud you would like to roll with. A grinder keeps your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper.
Step 2: Create Joint Crutch/Filter
- Make a crutch, also called a tip or filter. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-tos. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging. Start with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. The crutch isn’t absolutely necessary, but it does help keep the bud from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke. It also adds some stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy every bit of cannabis without burning your fingertips.
Step 3: Fill Joint with Cannabis
- Fill the paper with the bud and the crutch (if you’ve made one). Once the paper has the right amount of bud (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
Step 4: Pack the Joint
- Once you’ve loaded and shaped your joint, it’s time to roll it. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them to pack the cannabis down into its final shape.
Step 5: Roll the Joint
- This step can make or break the quality of your joint. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll and use the glued edge to tack down one end of the paper, using just a little bit of moisture. (Pro tip: Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself.) Once the paper is tacked on one end, you can work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing the joint from end to end.
Step 6: Finish Your Joint
- Finally, pack the end of the joint to help ensure an even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything. Some good options if you’re on the go: the tip of your shoelace, the drawstring on your hoodie, or a small stick. If you’re not planning on sparking your joint right away, you may want to close the tip with a twist.
Types of Papers
Regular– is usually made of pure cellulose material derived from vegetable so it is completely safe for the body. It will not alter the taste of weed buds.
Hemp-has a slow burning rate and is one of the healthiest types of rolling papers that produces a clean-tasting smoke without the black ash residue and no aftertaste.
Flavored– it is used to add flavor to pot smoke. It comes in flavors such as apple, berry, menthol, grapes, blueberry, strawberry, watermelon and many others. Smoking cannabis is made more exciting because you can now add up your favorite flavor as you smoke the buds.
Premium-is a high quality type of rollies that won’t change the taste of the buds as you smoke. It doesn’t burn too quickly unlike the other types.
Joints Vs Other rolled Options
Paper choice is paramount to your smoking experience, impacting the product’s quantity (which is contingent on paper size), flavor (tobacco papers are notably sweeter than hemp paper), and burn (thicker papers tend to burn slower than thinner papers). Consumers utilize loose papers to roll joints and can use both loose papers and pre- rolls to make spliffs, the latter requiring careful deconstruction to keep the paper intact.
The aromatic potency of the paper is pertinent for all rolls, but especially joints. Some consumers think flavorful papers meddle with the complex aromas of cannabis, while others grow loyal to specific brands thanks to their distinct flavor additive (this is common among blunt aficionados, who tend to cherish the sweetness of the tobacco paper).
Consumers also choose papers based on rolling ease and functionality. The best papers don’t tear, seal seamlessly, handle well between your fingers, and burn uniformly. Nothing is a surer sign of a failed roll than a joint that “runs” (i.e. burns lengthwise along one side).